* Posts by Alister

3335 posts • joined 19 May 2010

Thecus chucks 2 new NAS boxes at SOHO punters

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My experience has been that at the price point the Thecus N8800pro for just less than £2000.00 is cheaper than we could manage building it ourselves.

it comes with 8 x 2TB drives (giving 11TB useable in Raid 5) and supports iSCSI, as well as all the usual protocols.

We use quite a few of them dotted around branch offices for backup storage.

(I am not employed by or otherwise associated with Thecus)

Voyager's 35th birthday gift: One-way INTERSTELLAR ticket

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Re: unlikely temperature

Yes, typo fail there - was meant to say -270C working on the fact that it may not be quite absolute zero, although I guess that still may be wrong...

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Build quality

My mother has a refrigerator that she bought new in 1968, still working fine...

Okay, so admittedly it wasn't stuck on top of a massive firework and shot into space, and it isn't currently floating in a vacuum at a temperature of -470C

On balance, It probably wouldn't work so well if it had been through all that - and besides, where would you plug it in?

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Re: Serious question...

Thanks for that, when I said the Earth, I suppose I really meant the Sun.

So, in order to visit the outer planets, both these vehicles must have originally been launched in the plane of the ecliptic, is that correct? But they have now changed direction so that they are traveling at ninety degrees to it?

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Serious question...

...if that is possible.

The article makes reference to "north" and "south" in a number of places, eg

...the direction of the magnetic fields, which will change from running east-west to running north-south.

Right now, Voyager 1 is heading north while Voyager 2, at least 9 billion miles from the Sun, is moving south.

Are these directions with respect to Earth - and therefore does this mean the two craft are traveling up from, and down from the plane of the ecliptic, respectively?

The Register flicks switch on Data Centre channel

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Timothy Prickett Morgan’s deep-diving server coverage

I'm very sorry, but I completely misread that, for some reason, as

Timothy Prickett Morgan’s deep-diving sewer coverage

Maybe a Freudian reflection of my mind...

GCHQ spooks give biz chiefs crash course in thwarting hackers

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"Separately, a survey of 320 UK IT professionals by Check Point, published today, found that a third said their primary focus was on stopping external assaults - such as hacking, distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on websites, and malware - while 26 per cent said their main challenge was preventing inadvertent data losses by employees"

So, a third concentrate on external attacks, nearly a further third concentrate on preventing data loss, and the rest think it won't ever happen.

NASA captures mind-bogglingly gorgeous solar video

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Re: It really looks like that

JDX was asking about the Aurora, not the coronal ejection...

I don't think the Aurora has ever fried anybody's eyeballs.

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Re: Aurora Question


Yes, it really can look like that, but you have to be lucky to catch it on a good night - most of the time it's a lot less garish - although still impressive.

'Nutjob' serves half-baked Raspberry PI scam

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Re: Isn't it ironic

I would be seriously worried if your auto-correct has "analcucumber" as one of its dictionary words - or possibly you had occasion to "Add to Dictionary" at some previous time.

China mutates plants ... IN SPAAAAAACE

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Re: I for one welcome our new capsicum overlords..

You nearly received a down vote, that was soooo bad.

Yahoo! bureau! chief! sacked! for! Mitt Romney! racism! jibe!

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Re: Pot, meet kettle...

Too young to remember the Hayes modem then, obviously

Second LulzSec suspect charged over Sony Pictures hack

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>>Sony Pictures maintained that only 38,000 accounts were actually compromised.

Oh, well that's fine then, if it was only that many, especially since they were compromised by a thing called a "SQL injection attack" which no-one has ever heard of or learnt how to protect against...

</sarcasm> (just in case someone takes this seriously)

Mars rover harangues empty landscape with loudhailer

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Re: Yak yak yak

They have Yaks on Mars??

Who knew...

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Re: at that very moment...

But you forgot the outcome:

"After millennia of battle the surviving Martians realised what had actually happened, and joined forces to attack the Milky Way in retaliation. They crossed vast reaches of space in a journey lasting thousands of years before reaching their target where they attacked the first planet they encountered, Earth. Due to a terrible miscalculation of scale the entire battle fleet was swallowed by a small dog. "

So, quick, deploy the small dog brigade...

It's Lego's 80th birthday party, but only the boys are invited

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@ AC

>>Possibly Minibrix

Yep! That's them

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My daughter will sit and play with my old Lego for hours, building all manner of things, from houses to cars, without any prompting from me. But then she is also quite happy to get covered in oil helping me fix my Land Rover, so maybe the environment she grew up in was against her :-)

She is, however, definitely not a "tomboy", as she has the usual fascination for all the pink tat that is nowadays thrown at young girls, and the usual clothes, makeup etc that is "normal" for a girl of her age.

On another note, when I was young I used to have some lego-like construction bricks which belonged to my dad, which were made of a type of rubber, rather than hard plastic. Anyone else have anything similar?

Going viral 9,500 years ago: 'English descended from ancient Turkey'

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Re: Not quite


>>Scots isn't part of the Celtic family of languages. It is very similar to English.

I wrote "Scots and Irish Gaelic" not Scots (which wouldn't mean anything, anyway, if anything, Scottish is the brand of English spoken by Scots)

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Re: Not quite

>>Our only indigenous language is Welsh.

This is not the case, Welsh, Cornish, Breton, Manx and Scots and Irish Gaelic are all derived from the same origins, Celtic peoples who migrated from Eastern Europe.

Red hot chilli peppers floor Bristol shoplifter

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Re: Eh?

You obviously don't frequent the right pubs...

LOHAN sets clock ticking for explosive climax

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If the first flight is a bust, we'll recover the Vulture 2 along with the fantastical flying truss, and

"give the thing another pop."

unfortunate turn of phrase, there...

Everything Everywhere to be Nothing Nowhere in rebrand

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or you could drop the "n" and move the "e"

Toe rag

Doctor Who to hit small screen on 1 September

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Re: Pot Noodle?

Hmm, Fish Finger and Custard Pot Noodle, now there's an idea...

Facebook sued by Chinese firm over Timeline

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Isn't the Bayeux tapestry a timeline? It does, after all, display images in chronological order...

Ready to patent that 'new' invention? Google is here to dash your hopes

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I wonder what the most searched for phrase will be?

Reg readers scrap over ultimate bacon sarnie

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Re: Meh

My daughter, having re-watched the Doctor Who episode, wanted to try fish fingers and custard, so I did it for her - I have to say, the taste of fish fingers dipped into cold vanilla custard from a tin is actually a surprisingly pleasant experience...

Euro NCAP to mandate auto-braking in new-car test

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ABS as well?

Have they already mandated ABS?

If not, I can see this being interesting, computer slams brakes on, wheels lock, car doesn't stop, driver can't steer or do anything to regain control...

How one bad algorithm cost traders $440m

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Reminds me of something I read in a Tom Clancy novel - Debt of Honour I think it was.

Olympic athletes compete in RAYGUN SHOOTING for the first time

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Re: Outraged!


>On the subject of lasers, will the athletes have to compensate for new environmental factors when taking their shot? How will a heat haze affect the accuracy of a laser pistol?

In the UK? in summer? are you serious??

Rain maybe, or ice crystals, but heat haze... nope.

Japanese fanboi builds FrankenPhone from 'bits of iPhone 5'

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Re: Meanwhile in other news

You could at least have made it an 8746, so it's compatible with PST

Boffins puzzled over impossibly fast ice avalanches on Saturn's moon

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I don't get this

The scientists studying Iapetus said:

"They give us examples of giant landslides in ice, instead of rock, with a different gravity, and no atmosphere. So any theory of long runout landslides on Earth must also work for avalanches on Iapetus."

Why? If the starting conditions and environment are completely different, why should what happens on Iapetus bear any relevance to what happens on Earth?

Sysadmins! There's no shame in using a mouse to delete files

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Re: Remote Control

@Wensleydale cheese

I agree entirely, and always prefer to install an ssh server if I have to deal with windows boxen.

However, I was answering the original poster who said "you can't remote log in to it anyway"" referring to windows. He made no mention of secure access or otherwise.

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Re: Remote Control


>Wow. Telnet now that's going to be secure. Clear text user names and passwords over the network.

If you're going to quote me, at least do it in context. I said:

Windows comes with a telnet server or remote desktop - neither are ideal, I admit, but to say "you can't remote log in to it anyway" is complete bollocks.

It's also trivially easy to add an SSH server to Windows...

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Re: Remote Control

"This, incidentally, is one of my biggest gripes with Windows - it doesn't have a useful command line and you can't remote log in to it anyway; you have to use stupidly inefficient KVM systems to achieve what you could achieve for free and out of the box with any other OS."

Windows comes with a telnet server or remote desktop - neither are ideal, I admit, but to say "you can't remote log in to it anyway" is complete bollocks.

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I agree with Trevor

I make use of CLI for some things, and GUI for others, across a wide range of server and desktop operating systems and differing network appliances.

Some of the appliance GUIs available are excellent, obviously well thought out, others not so much, just as is the case with the operating systems.

I fail to see the need for the snobbery associated with using a CLI for everything, it can be work for work's sake sometimes.

GPS-equipped sheep prove herd mentality exists

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@numpty Scrub

quote: "Primarily, I would assume, so that they actually have some hard data regarding sizes, distances, response times etc. to be able to provide a herd model for predictive purposes?"

I can see the need to have accurate data for sunrise / sunset, and for the effects of gravity, but really, why would you need to model or predict herd dynamics in ruminants?

Perhaps scientists want to be able to tell sheep farmers they've been doing it wrong, all these years?

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Quite frankly, this seems to me to be nothing more than an excuse for a nice holiday - why would anyone feel the need to prove this scientifically, when such behaviour has been observed and known about for millennia, and why would British scientists have to go to an Australian farm to do this, aren't there enough sheep and sheepdogs in the UK?

What a waste of money and time.

Why British TV drama is crap – and why this matters to tech firms

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Re: British TV drama is NOT crap

boltar wrote:

Off the top of my head:



Red Dwarf

Life on Mars

Ashes to Ashes


Case Sensitive


With the exception of Lewis, none of these are produced any longer, so where are their comparable replacements?

Or should we just stick with the repeats?

Apple Store staircase flagged as Peeping Tom black spot

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The Women’s Affairs Committee of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong (DAB).


So you can make an acronym from any three words in the title, despite it not making sense?

How about

The International Committee for the Licensing of Information Technology Protocols and Standards (CLIT)

O2's titsup network struggles to find its feet

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It wouldn't surprise me

...if this weren't something to do with trying to re-prioritise their network for the Olympics. I would expect that they will try to make the London area more robust, given the expected extra traffic there over the next few months. They are the 'official' communications provider, after all.

BT broadband packs up again - second big outage in a fortnight

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"In and around London"

That must be a very broad definition, here in Derbyshire, out of four sites on BT business Broadband two went down, two stayed up, even though they are all connected to the same exchange. Very peculiar...

Those two that were down, had a full ADSL session, and a PPP session, and had IP's assigned, they just weren't passing traffic.

Indian navy computers stormed by malware-ridden USBs

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Re: Eh?

I don't suppose too many nuclear subs etc are running "Windows for Warmongers"

No, they're running Windows for Warships.



BAE proposes GPS-less location

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Bring back LORAN

That's what I say.

Oh, and is it El Reg or BAE who can't spell opportunity?

Dimming the lights on smart(arse) TV

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"In fact, it seems that it merely needs to have hinges for it to come under my all-encompassing 'tech' remit."

What, your TV has hinges!

Blimey, it really is old...

Why I love Microsoft’s vapourware tablet

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Re: Are they too late?

As I recall, none of the Home editions of any Microsoft OS back to XP will join an Active directory domain. That's kind of the point of why they're Home editions - you have to pay more for Pro for the domain connectivity.

Scots council: 9-yr-old lunch blogger was causing 'distress and harm'

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blogger was causing 'distress and harm' to Canteen staff

What about the distress and harm caused by eating the sad apology for a meal?

Nice head in the sand there, Argyll and Bute...

Must try harder: Cumbria tells BT and Fujitsu to resubmit fibre plans

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Only if you think sticking loads of extra radio masts on every hill (and providing cable links to them) would work out cheaper...

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@The First Dave

According to the article it's "Cumbria Country Council" (sic) so maybe they are now a free state in their own right?

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